Colorado Wildlife Officer Busts Poaching Cop

Former deputy, state trooper caught illegally taking mule deer

March 16, 2017

By Lisa Lakey

A former Elbert County sheriff’s deputy will be in a Colorado courtroom Monday to face eight criminal charges after being caught allegedly poaching by a state wildlife officer last November, the Denver Post reports.

The incident occurred on the evening of November 17, when the wildlife officer was dispatched to Silver Spur Ranch near the town of Elbert. A hunting guide had found the carcass of a shot mule deer buck and alerted the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department.

According to the arrest affidavit, the wildlife officer was hiding nearby when Herbert Stephen Few, a former Georgia State Police officer as well, returned to the deer around 11 p.m. The wildlife officer then turned on his lights to find Few attempting to cut off the buck's head.

Officials believe Few was driving in his patrol car the previous evening around 11:30 when he spotted the deer in his headlights. The affidavit said Few then used his county-issued .40 caliber Glock handgun to shoot the buck, which he then dragged off the road.

During the investigation, Few admitted to finding a buck on the side of the road on Nov. 12. He told officers he took the deer home in his patrol car, but upon finding the meat spoiled, threw it away.

After the incident, an arrest warrant was issued in December. Few fled to Georgia, where he was arrested on December 20 and later released on bond. He did not return to Colorado for a court appearance, and a nationwide arrest warrant was issued in February. He was arrested once again in Georgia and was extradited to Colorado last weekend according to the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.

Few, who resigned from the sheriff’s office last December, faces eight charges including hunting without a big-game license, wildlife destruction, trespassing on farm land with the intent to commit a felony and two counts of attempting to influence a public servant.